North American Golf and Poker Challenge

North American Golf & Poker Challenge benefiting the semper fi fund
May 16, 2013

Midwest, Unites States – The Challenge is a one-of-a-kind amateur golf tournament with Tour caliber execution and payouts. This two-person scramble event allows you and your partner your choice of courses to play and compete for the ultimate prize package: YOUR chance to play for millions of dollars at the World Championship of Poker Main Event. Please visit their website for additional location and registration information. A portion from each entry fee will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund in support of our wounded and critically ill service members and their families.

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International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans – Symposium and Conferences

May 16, 2013

Boston, MA – The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans first hosted an educational program in Boston in 1976. Through the years we have returned to the city again and again, each time impressed by the historic beauty and the proud citizens who call Boston home.

Now we are honored to be able to give something back to a city that has graciously hosted so many of our members.

The Foundation, together with ISCEBS, will donate $15 for every registration to our upcoming Boston conferences to the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. The Semper Fi Fund, inspired to help the victims of the Boston bombing, and in addition, created the America's Fund Mentors Program through which veterans will mentor the newly injured, providing hope and encouragement throughout their rehabilitation and recovery.

Donations will be made for each registration to the following four programs, all hosted in September and expected to bring nearly 800 conference attendees to Boston:

Construction Industry Benefits Conference
Benefit Plan Professionals Institute for Accountants
Collection Procedures Institute
32nd Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

The Foundation is proud to support Boston. We look forward to returning to the city this September and in 2014 for the 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference.

Please visit the website for more information and registration.

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Community Athlete: Joy Prentice at San Francisco Half Marathon

Joy Prentice
May 15, 2013

San Francisco, CA – Joy has been a longtime supporter of the Semper Fi Fund, from volunteering at events, bringing in new athletes to become Community Athletes fundraisers, and now helping to spread the funds need for supporters. She will be participating in the San Francisco Half Marathon during which she'll be fundraising and letting others know of our mission.

Please support her efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Jonathan Leal – Running for a Cause Team

Jonathan Leal
May 15, 2013

Wounded Warrior 10k, Dallas, TX – Please help Community Athlete Jonathan Leal by donating to his fundraising site!

Bio: I enlisted into the Air Force in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I was in college and felt like I needed to do more with my life as well as prepare a future foundation for my wife and kids. I've served 8 years Active Duty as a Comm Technician, and now finishing up my time in the Air Forces Reserves with the 610th Security Forces Squadron here at NAS JRB, Ft Worth, Tx. I deployed to Afghanistan Jan 2007- Mar 2008 and during my time there I worked side by side with other branches to fulfill the mission. I realized how important it was to work together as well as support each other during difficult times, even after coming back home and dealing with wounded vets, PTSD and different type of depression. Regardless what branch, we are all in this together. I lost 2 good friends to these conflicts, so I believe I owe them everything for their sacrifices. The least I can do to honor them is raise awareness so that's what I'm going to do.

Read more on his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Chris Sukow at Texas Water Safari

Chris Sukow
May 15, 2013

San Marcos, TX – Chris Sukow is participating in the Texas Water Safari, which is a 260-mile paddle race from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast.

Run continuously since 1963, the course follows the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers from the city of San Marcos to the coastal fishing town of Seadrift. Paddlers must complete the race in 100 hours. While the required exhausting pace and blistering heat are reason enough to bow out, it is the ancillary hurdles that often eliminate racers long before the finish line: dam portages, water moccasins, logjams, mosquitoes, dysentery, alligators, sleep deprivation, and equipment failures.

I will be paddling in the Standard Division of the race with longtime friend, Brandon Heutmaker, who is from just outside Denver, Colorado. I am supporting the Semper Fi fund as I had the privilege and fortune of being raised in a military family. Dad was a career Marine helicopter pilot and mom was a "Bad Ass" Marine wife!!

With this family background, Chris has decided to fundraise for his event. To donate to his event, please visit his campaign page!

Community Athlete: Nicky Potochnik, Andrew Strohecker (former Sgt), Joe Garcia (former Cpl), and Brandon Richardson (Active duty Sgt)

May 15, 2013

Washington, DC – Community Athlete Nicky Potochnik, Andrew Strohecker (former Sgt), Joe Garcia (former Cpl), and Brandon Richardson (Active duty Sgt) will participate in the Northface 50k Challenge in June 2013.

Thank you for your efforts in support of the Semper Fi Fund!

Please support their efforts by donating to their fundraising site.

Community Athlete: Carolyn O’brien – Running for a Cause Team

Carolyn O'Brien
May 15, 2013

Hot Undies Run, Houston, TX – Please help Carolyn out by donating to the fundraising site!

About the team, Running For A Cause:

Running For a Cause is a fund raising organization focused on raising awareness and support to non-profits that provide for wounded veterans, and/or their families.

Doing the most good for the greatest number of our Nations Heros... We run for those who have been forgotten... We run for those who are still fighting the good fight... We run for the ones who have come home and need that extra hand.

We support Vet Owned Business and Pro Military Business that support our Troops...

I am... We are... Running for a cause

Check us out: click here

Community Athlete: Bill Greneisen at Ali Six-Mile Swim Challenge

Bill Greneisen
May 15, 2013

Kohala Coast, HI – Bill has been a consistent participant in notoriously hardcore races. This year he is planning on competing in the Lavaman Waikaloa in April, the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in May, the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in June, Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene also in June, Lavaman Keauhou in August, and the IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in October! Bill does these races with the mindset of spreading the Semper Fi Fund mission.

Please join in his fundraising efforts and donate to his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Bill Greneisen at Ironman Hawaii 70.3

Bill Greneisen
May 15, 2013

Kohala Coast, HI – Bill has been a consistent participant in notoriously hardcore races. This year he is planning on competing in the Lavaman Waikaloa in April, the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in May, the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in June, Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene also in June, Lavaman Keauhou in August, and the IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in October! Bill does these races with the mindset of spreading the Semper Fi Fund mission.

Please join in his fundraising efforts and donate to his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Jonathan Leal – Running for a Cause Team

Jonathan Leal
May 15, 2013

Carrying the Load Event, Dallas, TX – Please help Community Athlete Jonathan Leal by donating to his fundraising site!

Bio: I enlisted into the Air Force in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I was in college and felt like I needed to do more with my life as well as prepare a future foundation for my wife and kids. I've served 8 years Active Duty as a Comm Technician, and now finishing up my time in the Air Forces Reserves with the 610th Security Forces Squadron here at NAS JRB, Ft Worth, Tx. I deployed to Afghanistan Jan 2007- Mar 2008 and during my time there I worked side by side with other branches to fulfill the mission. I realized how important it was to work together as well as support each other during difficult times, even after coming back home and dealing with wounded vets, PTSD and different type of depression. Regardless what branch, we are all in this together. I lost 2 good friends to these conflicts, so I believe I owe them everything for their sacrifices. The least I can do to honor them is raise awareness so that's what I'm going to do.

Read more on his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Nathan Merithew at Carrying the Load Event

May 15, 2013

Dallas, TX – Nathan Merithew is raising funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund, among other non-profits, during his fundraising events in 2013! He will be carrying a plate engraved with the names of friends who lost their lives while serving our country. During the Carrying the Load event in May, he will be carrying 100lbs in honor of the passing of Sgt Ty Ziegel.

If you would like to support his efforts (you can select the Semper Fi Fund as the non-profit for which the full donation can support), please visit his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Avery Pontell-Shaefer at Marine Corps Historic Hlaf Marathon

Cpl. Matthew Blanchard
May 14, 2013

Fredericksburg, VA – After losing a friend just before last Christmas, Cpl Christopher Blanchard, Avery decided to participate in the Marine Corps Historic Half and the Marine Corps Marathon in his honor. She decided the best way to honor him would be to help his fellow borther and sisters in arms whom were injured by helping the Semper Fi Fund! She knows the Semper Fi Fund is stepping in to help with rehabiliation and recovery through Sport for our servicemembers.

Please support her efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

In memory of Cpl. Matthew Blanchard:
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Community Athlete: Amanda Lee at Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon

Amanda Lee
May 14, 2013

Fredericksburg, VA – After finding out about the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Marathon expo last year, Amanda has decided to Run for the Fund! She is participating in the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon along with the Marine Corps Marathon this year. During which she will be fudnriasing for the fund and helping others to find out about our mission.

Please help her fudnriasing efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

Community Athlete Carolyn O’brien – Running for a Cause Team

Carolyn O'Brien
May 14, 2013

6th Annual Patriot Fun Run, Houston, TX – Please help Carolyn out by donating to the fundraising site!

About the team, Running For A Cause:

Running For a Cause is a fund raising organization focused on raising awareness and support to non-profits that provide for wounded veterans, and/or their families.

Doing the most good for the greatest number of our Nations Heros... We run for those who have been forgotten... We run for those who are still fighting the good fight... We run for the ones who have come home and need that extra hand.

We support Vet Owned Business and Pro Military Business that support our Troops...

I am... We are... Running for a cause

Check us out: click here

Community Athlete: Jonathan Leal – Running for a Cause Team

Jonathan Leal
May 14, 2013

Spartan Spring, Irving, TX – Please help him out by donating to his fundraising site!

Bio: I enlisted into the Air Force in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I was in college and felt like I needed to do more with my life as well as prepare a future foundation for my wife and kids. I've served 8 years Active Duty as a Comm Technician, and now finishing up my time in the Air Forces Reserves with the 610th Security Forces Squadron here at NAS JRB, Ft Worth, Tx. I deployed to Afghanistan Jan 2007- Mar 2008 and during my time there I worked side by side with other branches to fulfill the mission. I realized how important it was to work together as well as support each other during difficult times, even after coming back home and dealing with wounded vets, PTSD and different type of depression. Regardless what branch, we are all in this together. I lost 2 good friends to these conflicts, so I believe I owe them everything for their sacrifices. The least I can do to honor them is raise awareness so that's what I'm going to do.

Read more on his fundraising page!